As I work through The Roar on the Other Side this year (amazing book on poetry, 10/10 recommend) I’ve been learning all types of poetry schemes, methods, and tropes.
Some of them are fairly simple while others seem nearly impossible.
Such as writing a poem with twenty six words, each one starting with a different letter of the alphabet, descending in order from A to Z.
I have yet to try that one, but one such daunting kind was palindrome poetry, which turned out very interesting and fun to write!
I quickly discovered I couldn’t start the poem with a “the” or an “a,” or really use them at all.
Here was my first poem:
Darkness caught stars
or maybe nets with stars
I really enjoyed making it, so I tried another! (The night I wrote all these, I was amidst wading through Beowulf for school…)
Hopes and memory of courage built Beowulf so
Beowulf built courage of memory and hopes.
That one was… okay, but didn’t turn out the way I had wanted it to, so I wrote a third one, which by far is my favorite.
Years waste bodies.
Our lives are frail and short.
Away slinks time.
We may understand that
Eyes and sight change.
Oh yes, we stumble.
We are wispy and hollow wind –
Hollow and wispy are we.
Stumble we, yes.
Oh change sight and eyes that
Understand may we
Time slinks away.
Short and frail are lives.
Our bodies waste years.
And so ended my little palindrome poetry session. (:
Which one do you like best?
~ evelyn ~